Trained as a historian of South Asia, Dr. Nair has conducted archival and oral historical research in India (Maharashtra and Gujarat) since 1996. She has also worked with Indian communities in East Africa, England, and the United States.
She joined Furman in 2003 after teaching at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she co-founded, with Dr. Kailash Khandke, Furman’s India study abroad program and has co-directed multiple trips. She has served as co-chair of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor, as the Local Arrangements Chair for Furman's hosting of the Southeastern Conference of the Association of Asian Studies (SEC-AAS), and has been part of the Executive Committee of SEC-AAS. With Asian Studies’ faculty, she participated in a Mellon-funded faculty seminar in Japan. With History faculty members, she participated in a two-week study seminar in Mexico.
Dr. Nair's research focuses on the South Asian diaspora, in particular 19th-20th century migrant networks between India and eastern Africa. She teaches students about the historical depth and contemporary significance of the world's second most populous country and world's largest democracy. Her courses focus on critical histories of ancient and modern India, gender, nationalism, food as social history, and globalization.